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Russell Brand deported from Japan leaving Katy Perry behind

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British actor Russell Brand, who was touring Japan with his singer wife Katy Perry, was deported from the country on Sunday, apparently due to a past drug offense. Perry wrote on Twitter: "So...my husband just got deported from Japan. I am so. sad. I brought him all this way to show him my favourite place #tokyodreamscrushed. It was for priors from over 10 years ago!"

However, Perry added that she would not be canceling any of her concerts in Japan scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. ”...But of course show must go on no matter the daily aftershocks or husband kidnappings,” she tweeted.

Brand also posted a series of messages on Twitter. In one, he wrote: “Planning escape from Japanese custody. It’s bloody hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick.” Of his short time in detention, he tweeted: "Stockholm syndrome kicking in. Just asked my guard out for (vegetarian) sushi. He giggled.”

Brand, 35, who married Perry, 26, last October, has had various run-ins with the law for drug use and assault.

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Japan is pretty open about not letting people in with drug records. They must know Paris Hilton had the same thing happen. Shame other countries don't do the time. Thailand and India would be much nicer!

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A sincere thanks to the capable people at immigration for kicking this loser out of Japan, and also for showing that aeroplane blonde Paris Hilton the door back to America.

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Japan has planned to attract more Asian and foreign tourists for years to come. This story can be found in daily newspapers. Both of you are right to stand on your circumstances.

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Russel Brand is a douche, not sure why he is so popular. But good to see Japan is enforcing their rules, even on famous people.

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It'll soon be the case that 99% of westerners won't be allowed into Japan then..........

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haran3375,

"It'll soon be the case that 99% of westerners won't be allowed into Japan then" And why would that be?

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He should be deported on the basis of just being unfunny. I actually thought he was a serious dramatic actor until someone told me he was supposed to be a comedian. No loss for the Japanese.

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Russell who?

Busy reading up on him, agree he should have known better before coming here. Pretty well known about Japan and Drug offences.

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How did Obama and Clinton get in. No conviction, but admitted use.

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Russel Brand is a douche, not sure why he is so popular. But good to see Japan is enforcing their rules, even on famous people.

I can't stand him either. Never found him even remotely funny, and hate the way he dresses like a meth-addicted bag-lady.

Brand also posted a series of messages on Twitter. In one, he wrote: “Planning escape from Japanese custody. It’s bloody hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick.” Of his short time in detention, he tweeted: “Stockholm syndrome kicking in. Just asked my guard out for (vegetarian) sushi. He giggled.”

Wow. Chopsticks and sushi. All he needs now is a geisha and a sumo wrestler and he has all the Japanese stereotypes together!

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I always enjoy to read comments of jealous men who won't acknowledge the success others more handsome, hotter and more interestinf men. British actors have more talent than their American counterparts. Hugh Grant, Russel brand are great actors and handsome. It is a pity he took drugs.

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I had to look up who both of these fools were. A minute of my life that I will never get back. I wonder what I will have for lunch.

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@AdamB the simple answer is increasing drug usage rates and convictions

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I agree with Zenny and like her too.

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He was deported back because he`s not funny !!!

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Mr Brand is a vile egotistical pig. After the disgusting way he played a "joke" on Andrew sachs re his grand daughter, how can anyone employ him? He mocks ex girlfriends and thei families in print and thinks itis all a joke. He has no empathy for others and need a good few punches in the face. He is all that is wrong with modern celebrity culture.

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I just have one word: good riddance.

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The leaders of countries have automatic diplomatic immunity, unless they do some really serious bad crimes while here they won't get deported.

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Good call on Japan`s part and it gives a clear msg to the world that violent, out of control, druggies are not welcome. If your a civil human being then please come but not trouble makers.

Good question Borat, but of course we know the answer that politicians are always held above the law in any country.

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@Patrick Smash: Why would he be detained for the 'whole 23' days? Where has he should have known he would have been refused entry, unless he was found to carrying anything, on what grounds could they detain him?

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haran3375,

So basically you are saying that 99% of Westerners are drug addict criminals are you? After all you did say "It'll soon be the case that 99% of westerners won't be allowed into Japan then"

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When I hear this news I just wonder why someone with obvious drug offences and use thought it was worth coming to Japan in the first place. Japan has a very strict policy on drugs (unless you are Japanese, at university and able to blame someone else).

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chuckbello at 10:07 AM JST - 23rd May

I just have one word: good riddance.

Someone needs remedial math. 10.07? Can't even use the excuse that it was early ;-)

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I am so totally devastated by this news.

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I have been watching him in "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year" and thought Russel Brand was okay.

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@Patrick - Apologies..I thought it was a bit of Japan bashing, not a bit or saracasm. I agree with your reasoning :)

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I always enjoy to read comments of jealous men who won't acknowledge the success others more handsome, hotter and more interestinf men. British actors have more talent than their American counterparts. Hugh Grant, Russel brand are great actors and handsome. It is a pity he took drugs.

@LoveUSA, are you high? Hugh Grant would hurl at the fact that you put a talentless bum like Russell Brand in the same category. I would agree that British actors are extremely talented, but you could find much better examples like: Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins and so many more. Russell Brand shouldn't even be whispered in the same sentence as they phenomenally talented actors.

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I always enjoy to read comments of jealous men who won't acknowledge the success others more handsome, hotter and more interestinf men. British actors have more talent than their American counterparts. Hugh Grant, Russel brand are great actors and handsome. It is a pity he took drugs.

@chuckbello That's two words bro.

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YokohamaObama.

Glad you didn't mention Sir Alec Guiness, Sir Thomas Sean Connery, etc. ;) But agree he has little on the real british talent.

Heck, he should be happy to lick the dirty boot-marks of a Rowan Atkinson, Monty Python, Billy Connolly, etc.

Patrick Macnee would own him in a heartbeat.

Still glad that the J-Gov did the right thing as are my online friends across the globe.

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You are all a bunch of haters! The guy made it big by being a **** and you are all jealous because of this.

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As my Japanese friend often says, 'Japan is 50 years behind the rest of the modern world'. While different places are decriminalizing or have decriminalized some substances, we get the above. Heck, just look at tobacco smoking trends. Maybe they were trying to gain some attention to the matter by pulling a media stunt like this.

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Heh, it's fair that Japan applies the rule to everyone regardless of stature, but some of the best musicians in the world also took recreational drugs at one point or another, so Japan won't be able to enjoy those concerts live.

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He was deported back because he`s not funny !!!

Surely if that were the charge, he'd be given a network TV series here.

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Bad call on Japan's part. It doesn't exactly say what drugs he did, but I am for the legalization of most drugs and the decriminalizing of all the rest. Japan's drug laws are too strict, generally based on misinformation and fear of "foriegn" problems, and it makes them look foolish.

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Their country; their rules.

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@Nessie

Certainly, do you adopt that attitude for every issue regarding Japan? I have a feeling you might disagree with Japan's rules from time to time and criticize them, as I'm doing here.

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Who is Russell Brand?Why should I care if he was deported?

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So…my husband just got deported from Japan. I am so. sad. I brought him all this way to show him my favourite place #tokyodreamscrushed.

So sad.... She must be so sad and lonely...

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Certainly, do you adopt that attitude for every issue regarding Japan? I have a feeling you might disagree with Japan's rules from time to time and criticize them, as I'm doing here.

Sure you can criticize them, but the bottom line is, you can't expect the rules not to apply to you just because you don't agree with them.

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Well, if they can do it to Sir Paul McCartney (who reportedly smoked a little before being sirred), then they can do it to this chap I have never heard of.

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Sure you can criticize them, but the bottom line is, you can't expect the rules not to apply to you just because you don't agree with them.

Nessie, fair enough. But how they don't seem to apply to Sly Stallone? He got convicted and fined a few years back for bringing HGH into Australia, but keeps coming back here. I think, like most of Japan's laws, this one is selectively enforced.

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HGH is a stimulant drug?

Different class of drug from stimulants methinks.

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@Nessie

the bottom line is, you can't expect the rules not to apply to you just because you don't agree with them.

No, the bottom line is that if I disagree with them then I am free to criticize and try to change them.

I never said the rules shouldn't apply to people who don't agree with them. Why don't you go back and reread my very short comment.

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HGH is a stimulant drug?

Who said anything about stimulant drugs? Is that what Russell Brand was busted for, because it's not in the article?

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@AdamB - well, western nations have the highest collective GDPs in the world so that is where the suppl of drugs usually end up. In Canada "Cannabis use among young people is a serious public-health concern" according to Medscape(dot)com (google drug use amongst teens and you will trends up)ergo I would say that a large number of foreigners have tried some form of illicit substance. Of course, declaring that on entry to Japan is not necessary but a convicted drug user would have to under Japanese law-as Brand most likely did. The figure of 99% is a bit of hy(high)perbole though!

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wish the US gov't wouldn't let him here what a tosser this knob is

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Who is Russell Brand? Why should I care if he was deported?

You shouldn't care. No one does.

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How did Obama and Clinton get in. No conviction, but admitted use.

As we all know, when one admits to having done something, it isn't necessarily true.

Heh, it's fair that Japan applies the rule to everyone regardless of stature,

Do you think some countries' immigration officials might be intimidated by people over 6 foot tall?

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if he's not a wanted fugitive then why the punitive charges at all? Stupefying

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however if he has had past criminal convictions, then that is the fate of many in the same situation. They cannot travel. That is not stupefying but normal.

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I guess that's what she meant by priors. Odd term

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They let the Stones in, and the Beatles. They keep Paris Hilton and Russell Brand out. Win-win situation for all of us in Japan ;)

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russell has been clean and sober for over 8 years, getting that way helped him to attain the fame and success he's being hated for all the way through this comments thread. even if you don't appreciate his humour, look up the video where he improvises a shakespearian backstory for 5 minutes and then try to tell me he is talentless.

anyone who knows anything about japan's arbitrary approach to immigration procedures knows that there is no transparency, or even any sort of common approach amongst agency officials with regards to carrying out "policy". basically, any one of you could be turned away at the discretion of the attending officer, regardless of your status.

btw, didn't whitney houston tour a few months back? just sayin..

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Never even heard of the guy until this morning, though it's possible I've seen him on the screen. Didn't know about Katy Perry until last year, either (thought maybe she was Lady Gaga's double).

LoveUSA: "I always enjoy to read comments of jealous men who won't acknowledge the success others more handsome, hotter and more interestinf men."

What I find interesting is that you assume the posters, who are talking about the drug laws and why he didn't deserve in, are bashing the guy for his looks. True, some have bashed him for his acting and/or personality, but I didn't see much else. On the contrary, YOU will look at someone who has committed a criminal act (in this case) and simply talk about how 'dreamy' he is. You do the same thing at major sports competitions; you claimed how awful the German soccer team was because they beat the team you thought was hot looking 4-0.

His looks don't matter one iota; the guy committed a crime, and while it was way back when and something many others have done, Japanese law is pretty clear that those people be barred entrance. That's what this article is about.

It's honorable to Katy to go with her concerts here. When I read the first paragraph I was thinking if it were me I might cancel, but in retrospect I think immigration did the right thing, and given that they did the same thing to Paris and do with others, at least they're being fair and consistent.

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melonade: "basically, any one of you could be turned away at the discretion of the attending officer, regardless of your status."

I don't see how that's limited to the Japanese. If they don't like you at passport control for some reason you can be refused entry (or at least be given a very hard time).

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I'll bet you a pound to a penny that Russell's knee-deep in groupies at this very moment. I don't understand what women love about this bloke, but I don't blame him for getting stuck in.

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Nessie, fair enough. But how they don't seem to apply to Sly Stallone? He got convicted and fined a few years back for bringing HGH into Australia, but keeps coming back here. I think, like most of Japan's laws, this one is selectively enforced.

Fair enough, too.

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I never said the rules shouldn't apply to people who don't agree with them. Why don't you go back and reread my very short comment.

Sorry for my imprecise phrasing. I meant that one (such as Brand) can't expect the rules not to apply.

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He deserves it. This is one of the reasons why I will never do drugs. I actually want to be able to get into Japan. I like how they set up that law everytime I see a story on it I laugh at the idiots that it's about.

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Even for past offences? Wow. I know you cant even bring prescription drugs like adderrall into Japan. I think thats a bit backwards and harsh. The use of antidepressants in Japan are very limited, as with the range. Might explain the high suicide rate.

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Selective, arbitrary enforcement of laws is what makes Japan JAPAN.

It just wouldn't be the same if they applied the laws evenly to everyone.

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Saw Russell Brand a couple of years ago doing stand up. He produced a fantastic monologue from an article in that days newspaper. The guy definitely has talent, but not as an actor.

He did go overboard on Andrew Sachs but recognised that, apolgised and quit his job to take responsibility.

It is a shame he's gone, he brings some much needed colour but them's the rules.

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